In 2014 the Centre continued towards its primary aim of strengthening human rights in Africa, with a particular focus on supporting and improving the African regional human rights system, established under the auspices of the African Union (AU).
Located in the Faculty of Law, it should be recalled that the Centre for Human Rights in the first place is an academic department. One of the most prominent academic programmes, the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, in 2014 marked 15 years of existence. In 2014, 27 new graduates joined a closely knit network of professional, practising and activist alumni across Africa. The LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa) saw 18 new graduates becoming part of a newly established Alumni Association for this programme. A record number of six doctoral candidates completed their studies in the Centre and graduated in 2014.
- Taken from the introduction to the Centre for Human Rights Annual Report 2014by Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights.